LITTLE ROCK – Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Friday he will visit several Arkansas schools this month to promote computer science.

“I am excited to kick off my fourth computer science tour to visit Arkansas high schools to generate support and excitement for our computer science and coding initiative,” Hutchinson said in a news release. “The more students take advantage of these courses in high school, the better prepared they will be to explore these in-demand fields in college and the workforce.”

Scheduled stops on the tour include: Russellville High School on Monday; Mountain Home High School, Flippin High School and Yellville-Summit High School on Tuesday; and Cabot High School, Sheridan High School and Watson Chapel High School in Pine Bluff next Friday.

In 2015, the Legislature approved Hutchinson’s initiative to require all public high schools in the state to offer computer science courses.